Handy Handkerchiefs

I was just folding the laundry , when I realized that my handkerchiefs are all getting older and are torn in places. I am always sad to see them that way , because it is time to replace them. And one thing stuck me. You remember how I liked the movie ‘The Intern’ right ? So in that, Mr Robert De Niro, being the senior and from a totally different generation, ALWAYS carries a handkerchief with him and he sure demonstrates the use of it too. I love the scene where Anne pours her heart out and he is upset because that is the one time he doesn’t have his handkerchief with him. It was so CUTE! Among the people I know of (friends, colleagues, acquaintances etc) I don’t see anyone carrying a handkerchief anymore. I am the odd person out. I cannot go anywhere without a handkerchief in my hand. And nope, those tiny petite ladies handkerchiefs wont do. My hands are quite big and I need the ones that are labelled as men’s kerchiefs 🙄 Recently one of my friend asked me why I haven’t switched to tissues which are disposable and may be more germ free etc. I tried and failed. I am used to my handkerchiefs or hankies. I would have to buy a new set now. And no, I did not have a reason to loan it to anyone so far. I don’t think they are unsafe while we clean the mucus or anything because I ain’t passing it(my hanky) round. I may or may not use it but I still have it in my hand. I have no clue since when I have been doing this, because I feel like its been with me forever. And I don’t really have a specific reason as to why I started having them or why I have them anymore. It’s just a comfort piece of cloth that I have to have with me. And I usually have a dozen with me so that I never run out of them 🙂 I found an article about ‘why a man should carry an handkerchief‘, but why men and not women ? I remember them being part of a woman’s wardrobe during those regency / victorian times right ? at least in all those novels that I read, ain’t it true? Do you carry a hanky with you ? If no, why not ?

Intern & Martian

I am a big fan of Matt Damon (now come to think of it, is there anyone who isn’t? Did you see him do the Whip & Nae in Ellen Show? He is so cute! ) so it is obvious that I would watch ‘The Martian‘ I am not a great fan of sci-fi fantasy movies/novels. I loved ‘The Gravity’ but wasn’t quite impressed with ‘The Interstellar’ So I did have my apprehensions about the movie, but since Matt Damon was there I was OK with it. But I was surprised. I loved the movie. Especially when he does the ‘I am gonna science the s&^t of this’ thing and goes ahead with the potatoes (see I knew there was a reason I loved that vegetable…it can grow in Mars too, of all the freaking places… Imagine that! ) He was so adorable. And thankfully, there was less of science and biology (compared to the other two movies I mentioned) and even the ones they talked about were quite understandable. And some of the scenes reminded us of how we deal with project management in our organizations. There is this scene, where the head of the department asks the other guy through video conference, how long its gonna take, and that guy replies, well…6 months and immediately the head says ‘ok, I give you three months’ 😀 That’s how it works in the software industry. No one bothers or rather no project manager bothers with the actual estimates that the tech leads give them 😉 They easily take only the half of it and expects it to get it done.

It wasn’t a fast pacing movie. It goes at a casual pace. When Matt fails, and he knows that he lost all his efforts it makes you feel sad for him. We know how the story ends, obviously its a Happy Ever After ending (phew! I got this one right, this time) but the journey is whats important in this story. And add the fact that there was indeed water in Mars as was recently discovered, it makes it all the more interesting. I enjoyed the movie a lot.

The last weekend’s movie was ‘The Intern‘. And yes, I watched it just because of Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. I loved the trailer and wanted to watch something light and nothing too heavy (that is why I had to say no to Sicario, even though the reviews were very good) And it didn’t fail me either. He was so cute as an Intern. Making us laugh, smile and even blush (when he got that impromptu back massage!) Jeez, I was embarrassed for him 😳 Anne Hathaway, looks amazing as usual. Looks like she picked up her wardrobe from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Looks the part 🙂 It was indeed a simple movie.

Both these movies did not have any romance angle to it and it was so refreshing ( I do read my share of romance novels so I am OK with skipping them in movies if the story and screenplay is good ). For this weekend ? So far no movie plans. Let see how things pan out.